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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  16 February 2007 (USA)
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A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality.



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Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess cope with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. Written by Popdivaprincess3000

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The beloved novel comes to life. See more »

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Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mundo mágico de Terabithia  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,536,717 (USA) (16 February 2007)


$82,234,139 (USA) (22 June 2007)

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Did You Know?


Katherine Paterson wrote her novel in 1977 as a way of helping her 8-year-old son recover from a traumatic incident - his best friend was struck by lightning and killed. The son - David Paterson - grew up to become the film's producer. See more »


The class is singing "Someday" in one scene. We see a staff on the board with a key signature containing one sharp indicating G Major. However, they are singing "Someday" in A Major, which has a three-sharp key signature. We assume the students are still learning about single sharps and flats. See more »


Scott Hoager: So, looks like you're the fastest kid in the class now, huh?
[Jesse stands and turns]
Scott Hoager: It's a joke, dude!
[punches him hard into a wall]
Scott Hoager: Are you nuts?
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Crazy Credits

Typo at the ending credits (from 90:38 to 95:11 on the DVD). At 94:13 (where it is mentioned in the actors' commentary), a drawing in the background of a Squogre is labeled "Squorge". See more »


Referenced in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) See more »


Why Can't We Be Friends
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown, Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott), and Jerry Goldstein
Performed by Zooey Deschanel and The Terabithia Choir
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Close your eyes, but keep your mind wide open . . .
18 February 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Bridge To Terabithia

I have not read the book and did not see this movie with many expectations.

To begin with, this is a story of Jesse Aarons (Josh Hutcherson). Jesse is the fastest runner in his class and very proud of being so. Frequently picked on by the local bullies, troubled with the financial situation back home and oft ignored by all but one of his 5 sisters, he immerses himself within his drawings as an escape... Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb)is the new-kid in his class. She has a panache for writing which coupled by her ability to outrun all the guys in her class (including Jesse) ensures that she doesn't have the best luck making new friends. However, with their affinity to be picked on, Jesse and Leslie soon find themselves extremely fond of each other and off looking for a place of their own... This is Terabithia...

And this is where I'll end my summary for I do not wish to go into the spoilers for the movie.

All the kids in the movie really shine in their respective roles. As many reviewers have said before me, Josh and AnnaSophia are a wonderful pair! I would also like to mention the young Bailee Madison (playing Josh's younger sister) for her portrayal of May Belle.

However, what truly lifts this movie from "good" to "great" is the simplicity of the whole story. This is a children's movie through and through and but do not expect a typical Disney feel-good comedy. Do not also expect huge CG sequences like say, The Chronicles of Narnia.

This movie is full of heart and everything about it is shown from the eyes of a child. Life, is not a pretty thing and more than the magical kingdom of Terabithia, this is a tale of a young kids' coming to terms with matters of being bullied, being loved, having a true friend and even trying to understand death.

By the end of it all, many people around me were moved to tears and I myself was trying desperately to hold back. The movie, its message and its delivery are all beautiful.

On a critical note, the only thing about the movie that I didn't particularly love was the music. The music in general wasn't very well suited and certain songs were just not needed, but I suppose thats what the MTv culture demands.

In conclusion, I highly recommend it. Go and watch this movie and if you have them, take your children... They'll love it!


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